The benefits of Yoga for those in later life
No matter our age, movement is an incredibly important part of staying happy and healthy, and there are countless benefits of Yoga for those in later life.
Yoga is a wonderful way for us to incorporate movement and exercise into our lives, especially those of us who are in later life, as it’s a gentle form of movement with ample physical and mental health benefits.
If you or a loved one are considering getting some more movement in your life, here are some reasons to consider yoga.
Modifications, bolsters and other props mean that when approached and taught correctly, it can be incredibly accessible to those of all kinds of abilities – there’s even yoga you can do sitting or lying down.
There are different routines out there for everyone. YouTube is a great place to start when it comes to finding all kinds of gentle yoga routines.
It improves sleep
A national study found that over 55% of people who did yoga said that it helped them get better sleep. This is likely because it helps to relax the mind and body which in turn helps us sleep. It can improve mindfulness and increases melatonin levels (which helps control your sleep cycle).
We all know that a good night’s sleep is essential for us to function at our best. Why not try some yoga before bed?
It enhances balance, flexibility, mobility and strength
Slow movements and deep breathing lead to an increase in blood flow and therefore warms up muscles. The stretching involved also releases tense and tight muscles and improves the flexibility in our joints. Holding various poses is also a fantastic way to build up strength. Though often a gentle form of exercise, the physical benefits are plentiful. Yoga can ease arthritis symptoms and even help with back pain.
Reduces stress and lowers the risk of anxiety and depression
Yoga is a natural way to increase serotonin production which plays an important role when it comes to treating depression. Many studios, hospitals, and local community centres offer classes or even yoga therapy. It’s also something you can even try at home, though be sure to check with your doctor before launching into any new movement routines.
Looking for other forms of gentle movement? Check out the benefits of walking.